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PIA Press Release
2007/04/24

PNP assures credible, peaceful elections in Ilocandia

By Freddie G. Lazaro

VIGAN CITY (April 24) -- The police regional director, Chief Superintendent Leopoldo N. Bataoil, had announced that the proactive police intervention for ensuring honest, orderly and peaceful elections are gaining headway in Ilocandia.

This developed when records from the Regional Election Monitoring Action Center (REMAC) show that the police have established a total of 9,518 checkpoints in the entire region.

From the same record, a total of 102 assorted firearms were confiscated in which 61 firearms were confiscated due to the implementation of Comelec's gun ban violations while 41 firearms were seized from various raids with Search Warrants.

"A total of 80 cases were already filed in court against the respondents," Bataoil said.

Bataoil disclosed that the region had no case of dismantled Private Armed Groups (PAGs) basing on the records from the REMAC Scoreboard.

"The non - existence of PAGs in the region is due to our diligent and proactive police intervention operations," he said.

Bataoil, who often visit police field units in his command, ordered the policemen to intensify the conduct of checkpoints and chokepoints to safeguard the campaign rallies of the political candidates, who have campaign sorties in the region.

"Always keep your communications open and be alert, be watchful and strictly implement the Gun Ban so that we can ensure the safety of all candidates and will attain the Peaceful, Orderly and Honest Election," he said.

At present, a total of 114 peace covenants were already signed by political candidates in the region including the peace covenant signed by the gubernatorial, congressional and board member candidates of the 1st and 2nd District of Pangasinan held in Shepherd's Home, Macatiw, Alaminos City and the recently signed peace covenant in Saint William's Cathedral, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.

In the operation "BAKLAS," the regional police office recorded the removal of a total of 17,050 illegally posted campaign materials in which 5,588 posters were removed in Pangasinan, 8,321 in La Union, 552 in Ilocos Sur and 2,589 in Ilocos Norte. (PIA- Ilocos Sur) [top]

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